(third-person singular simple present expects, present participle expecting, simple past and past participle expected)
- To look for (mentally); to look forward to, as to something that is believed to be about to happen or come; to have a previous apprehension of, whether of good or evil; to look for with some confidence; to anticipate; -- often followed by an infinitive, sometimes by a clause (with, or without, that).
- I expect to receive wages. I expect that the troops will be defeated.
- To consider obligatory or required.
- To consider reasonably due.
- You are expected to get the task done by the end of next week.
- (continuous aspect only, of a woman or couple) To be pregnant, to consider a baby due.
- 1825, Walter Scott, The Talisman, A. and C. Black (1868), 24-25:
- The knight fixed his eyes on the opening with breathless anxiety, and continuing to kneel in the attitude of devotion which the place and scene required, expected the consequence of these preparations.
From Latin expectāre, alternative form of exspectō (“look out for, await, expect”), from ex (“out”) + spectō (“look at”), frequentative of speciō (“see”).